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Telegraph Cove Resort
Reviewed 25 August 2014

You definitely pay for the charm at the resort. Happily the restaurant, though pricey, was quite delicious. Not a great deal of vegetarian fare. The room was really basic and small for three people (cabin 18). It was perfectly adequate for a one night stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Bring food as the general store has only the basics.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Tucked away in the north, past the hustle and bustle is this wonderful community called Telegraph Cove. Lots to do and see, stroll the quaint boardwalk and imagine how life was years ago, excellent self- guided tour. Visit the whale museum located at the end of the boardwalk. Take a whale watch or grizzly bear tour and see the wilder side. Rent a fishing charter, hike a trail to the beach or kayak - rentals available as well. Water is usually calm and easy on the stomach - unlike the rugged west coast and fun for the whole family - just remember to dress in layers! Cabins and houses available to rent, some newer, some older - some good, some rustic. Campground available for RVers or tenters. Excellent restaurant and coffee shop, small store and gift shop. Run as a fishing camp and tourist destination - there is always something to see happening at "the cove" during the day or just relax on the boardwalk, put your feet up and dreamily watch the boats go by. People from all over the world discover this gem - you should too!

Room Tip: Ocean views available. Right on the boardwalk has a lot of tourists passing by during the day but v...
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

My wife and I stayed at Telegraph Cove Resort in a package tour arranged in Campbell River.
We cannot say enough about the scenic surroundings, the whale museum and the pleasant staff, but the "the rustic cabins preserving the historic charm" could use an upgrade or two not least would be decent non sagging beds.
It would also be nice to have a place to go to for a bite after a day of exploring but alas the pub closed around 9 PM!

Room Tip: check out the bed first!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

This is a quaint location with spectacular views and excursion opportunities. The "rustic" cabin we stayed in was adequate, however the two single beds were horrible to sleep on. I think the mattresses must be almost as old as the buildings - very saggy in the middle. For the price that is charged for the accommodations they should improve on the beds. The other unfortunate thing is that the onsite restaurant closes at 9:00 pm and a lot of people coming in from late fishing were unable to find a place to eat.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

The upside: this is a stunning little cove with some brilliant day trips. The whale and bear watching are absolutely superb. You can also kayak and do other outdoor activities.

The concept behind Telegraph Cove is good and appeals to travellers wanting to get the old world, north Island experience.

The problem is all in the execution. We stayed in House 19 for one night which was charming and rustic. The lack of a bed for one of our children was quickly and pleasantly dealt with and it validated our research into what we could expect from staying in this historical cabin.

But then it went downhill... We knew up front that we'd have to move to another House for the following three nights. Unfortunately it turned out to be #16 which no reasonable traveller would describe as rustic - it was run-down, plain and simple. The entrance to the kitchen area smelled of urine, there were large areas of paint peeling off the walls, damp water marks in two of the bedroom ceilings, plaster damage around an electrical socket, and part of the property seemed to be used as a staff house with lots of coming & going. Its general state of repair was really poor - see the photos.

To be fair, when we complained about the state of it we got moved next door (to 15) which was much more like the first cabin but this one was booked for part of our stay so the following day we checked out. We were offered a discount on the rate for House 16 if we had stayed, but it was of such an unacceptably poor standard that we declined.

One of the staff was very helpful, without whom it would be difficult to find anything positive at all to say about the management team. We checked out on a Sunday which meant we could not secure a refund on our pre-paid stay. Our subsequent request for a refund elicited an aggressive refusal, which basically said the problem was ours for not doing our homework properly before coming! Yet during our extended vacation we stayed in another historic museum as well as country cabins and plush hotels. Telegraph Cove feels like the owners are trying to get away with neglecting basic maintenance in the hope that visitors will think it rustic.

This place has a rich and interesting past, but it is difficult to see how it has much of a future without a change of attitude, management and customer service.

One final point - we were out bear watching for the day when we moved from 19 to the dreaded 16, so housekeeping were asked to move our groceries. Having bagged it up neatly and left three days' worth of provisions in the refrigerator, it somehow got trashed. Our friendly receptionist arranged for us to replenish stocks at no cost from the resort shop. But when we asked for a refund on the room, the office manager was really rude and even made an insinuation that we had taken advantage of the opportunity to go above and beyond the groceries lost. It leaves a very unpleasant taste in the mouth and was really very unprofessional.

In summary - great location, shame about the way it's run.

Room Tip: Avoid staying in 16, but wherever you stay don't pay your bill until viewing in person the quali...
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Telegraph Cove has a lot of historic interest and is a great place to book a fishing or whale watching trip. It could also be a good choice for a family or group of friends to share one of the historic houses for a few nights. I cannot recommend "the bunk house" for a one-night couple's stay. This small upstairs room has a small kitchen, but to call it a "suite" and price it accordingly, is quite an exaggeration. The sitting/sleeping room contains a couple of modern chairs, small table and a sway-centered bed with over-stuffed pillows. The bathroom is equipped with a small claw-foot tub and a hand shower that was hard to use without splashing water on the floor. For safety, it really needs a grab bar...not a flimsy towel bar. The unscreened window overlooking the harbor was held a few inches open by a wood block affording little fresh air but just enough air space to admit a host of hungry mosquitos that fed on us through the night. The excellent coffee and Swedish pancakes at the little outdoor cafe the next morning only partially erased the resulting mood deficit.
A little more attention to visitor comfort would go a long way to helping this pleasant spot reach its potential. I'd start with window screens and, given the high price of the rooms, with free wi fi.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask about window screens! These bites are no fun.
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We just stayed at the Telegraph Cove Resort for a couple of nights, but it's a beautiful place. The cabin was fine - a little need of maintenance in places, but clean and well equipped. One tiny bathroom for 6 of us was a pain, but otherwise there was plenty of space. The marina was busy with fishing boats. We're not into fishing and went kayaking and whale watching, which were amazing, and there are good trails starting at the resort. The restaurant/pub was very friendly with good service and food, but there's no proper shop on site, so if you want to cook in the cabin you need to bring food or go to a town up the coast.
They advertise no wifi, but there is a pay service you can access.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Telegraph Cove Resort

Address: Box 1, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia V0N 3J0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Telegraph Cove
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Telegraph Cove
Price Range: £83 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Telegraph Cove Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island. This tiny and picturesque village is a major destination during the summer months when the snug little bay bustles with whale watchers, fishermen, boaters, campers and kayakers. Telegraph Cove Resort has a rich and colourful past and is one of the last boardwalk settlements left on Vancouver Island. Telegraph Cove Resort boasts a large variety of accommodation choices. From cozy cabins & historic homes to modern condominium suites, we have something for every taste and budget. ... more   less 
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